SOURCE: Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce

Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce

June 02, 2015 17:20 ET

Austin Asian Chamber Honors Business Leaders at Ovation Gala

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - Jun 2, 2015) - The Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce (GAACC) honored leaders in business and service organizations at Ovation, its annual awards banquet on May 29, 2015. Ovation is Austin's premiere social and business networking event of the year for the Asian community, and the GAACC's key fundraising effort.

GAACC 2015Award Honorees

  • LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: WILLIAM WANG, CEO, VIZIO, presented by Tokyo Electron.
  • COMMUNITY LEADER: JAMIE AMELIO, Caring for Cambodia, presented by HDR.
  • GLOBAL ENTREPRENEUR: JIALIANG WANG, JIALIANG K-9 KENNELS, presented by George Mui, Senior Advisor, White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islander.
  • BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: SILICON LABS, presented by Robert Lee, LD&C.
  • EMERGING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: CHI'LANTRO, presented by Jackson Walker.
  • ECONOMIC ENGINE: TICKETCITY.COM, presented by H-E-B.
  • ECONOMIC ENGINE: WHORTON INSURANCE, presented by Tesla.
  • ECONOMIC ENGINE: RUVATI USA, presented by Albert Shen, National Deputy Director, Minority Business Development Agency of the United States Department of Commerce
  • GAACC MEMBER OF THE YEAR: SUNG JE LEE, presented by GAACC Chairman, Paul Kim.
  • OUTSTANDING ASIAN COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION: ASIA FOUNDATION, presented by ATX Environmental Solutions.
  • RECOGNITION OF SERVICE: RASHED ISLAM, presented by GAACC Chairman, Paul Kim.

Ovation, presented by LD&C, took place at the Hyatt Regency Austin and included a red carpet arrival, cocktail reception, awards banquet, live entertainment, and after party. Guests were welcomed by a Korean youth Taiko drum group and emcees Elizabeth Dinh, Dallas TV reporter and Danny Cho, Korean comic. "The Three Painters" entertained attendees with an energetic music and speed painting performance, and the paintings were auctioned. The after party included international live video chat stations with business leaders in India, Hong Kong, and Malaysia, aerialists performing on a ribbon trapeze, cocktails, and music. The gala was professional produced by Liv by Design, a local event planning firm. Over 550 attended the sold out gala.

The GAACC gala is held in May to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage month. Follow this national initiative on social media with the hash tag #APAEverywhere. Ovation photos at: http://ovationgala.org/gallery/

GAACC is a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for and promoting Central Texas Asian American and small business owners, and serving as a catalyst for their economic growth. www.austinasianchamber.org

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